Integrated Science and Watershed Management System (ISWMS™)

Welcome to the Home Page for the “Integrated Science and Watershed Management System”
 
This site provides updates about our in-house ecosystem database, decision support and analytical software.

The original Integrated Science and Watershed Management System (ISWMS™) was developed by Greenland in 2003 as a windows-based Decision Support System (DSS) for stormwater management; hydrological (continuous rainfall and design storm events) modelling; and, Canadian climate flood forecasting capabilities. The ultimate DSS ‘vision’ included (depending upon the availability of certified open data and timely evolution of new platform source codes) other science-based analytical tools and integration with Internet and GIS(open source) technologies. The ultimate ISWMS™ development goal was to include multi-functional stormwater management; hydrologic; water quality; nutrient trading; hydraulic and contaminant transport; flood forecasting; climate change impact; instream biological health assessment; and, Best Management Practice (BMP) analysis capabilities for river and lake basin management programs and to provide accurate information for water supply, wastewater treatment and flood control infrastructure planning and design initiatives.    


In 2003, Greenland was retained to develop the initial version of ISWMS™ as a flood forecasting tool for the 3,360km² Nottawasaga River Basin, located north of Toronto (Canada). It was also used to prepare Subwatershed Management Plans in Southern Ontario. In 2005, Greenland began working on the next ISWMS™ phases, including an open source GIS operational platform that was integrated with a daily water balance, nutrient and sediment loading model (called CANWET™). In 2006, the ISWMS™ program added new technical support partners affiliated with Canadian and U.S. universities. These independent scientists would later assist Greenland as a “science advisory team” for future software phases. The current advisory team includes faculty and researchers associated with the University of Guelph and University of Waterloo (in Canada), U.S. teams affiliated with Penn State University and Stroud Research Centre, and Lund University (Sweden).


A.     Completed DSS Tools and Platforms (2003 - 2017) by Greenland International Consulting Ltd.

  • Flood Warning Data Management
(NOTE: Completed as part-of the original ISWMS™(v.1) phase and being updated further with other partners)
 
  • Flood Forecasting and Flood Damage Assessments
(NOTE: Completed as part-of the original ISWMS™ (v.1) phase and being updated further with other partners)
 
  • Hydrologic Analysis for Watershed Planning and Water Resources Design
(NOTE: Completed as part-of the original ISWMS™ (v.1) phase and being updated further with other partners)
 
  • Integrated Water Balance and Nutrient / Sediment / Pathogen / Bacteria Loadings
(NOTE: Completed as part-of the CANWET™ (v.1 through 4) phases and being updated further with other partners)
 
  • Groundwater (Shallow System) Modelling
(NOTE: Completed as part-of the CANWET™ (v.1 through 4) phases and being updated further with other partners)
 
  • Predictive Modelling of Urban and Rural BMP Effectiveness (Incl. Cost-Benefit Analysis)
(NOTE: Completed as part-of the CANWET™ (v.1 through 4) phases and being updated further with other partners)
 
  • Predictive Modelling of Urban Low Impact Development (LID) Technologies
(NOTE: Completed as part-of the CANWET™ (v.4) phase and being updated further with other partners)
 
  • GIS (Open Source) Operational Platform
(NOTE: Completed as part-of the CANWET™(v.4) phase and being updated further with other partners)
 
  • Canadian Climate Change Impact Modelling
(NOTE: Completed as part-of the CANWET™(v.4) phase and being updated further with other partners)
 
  • Instream Assimilative Capacity Modelling (Incl. Temperature, Dissolved Oxygen, Fecal Coliform, BOD and Other Parameters)
(NOTE: Completed as part-of the CANWET™(v.4) phase and being updated further with other partners)
 
  • Rainfall-Snowmelt and Canadian Climate Change Impact Tool
(NOTE: Completed in 2013 as part-of the latest ISWMS™ (v.2) development phase from 2016 - 2019)
 
  • Prototype Web-based Viewing and GIS (Open Source) Operational Platform for the Nottawasaga River Basin (Canada)
(NOTE: Completed for CANWET™ (v.5) phase and being updated further with other partners)
 
  • Cumulative Effects Assessment Platform and Access to Canadian Watershed Climate / River System (Open) Databases
(NOTE: Initiated in 2016 to develop “THREATS™ (v.2)” - aka “The Healthy River Ecosystem AssessmenT System”).
 
  • Internet and GIS (Open Source) Updates to the Above ISWMS™(v.1) Capabilities and Ontario (Canada) Watershed Applications
(NOTE: Initiated in 2016 and includes international partners in Canada, U.S., Europe, India and Japan. The ISWMS™ (v.2)  platform
was initially developed for pilot basins in Ontario and includes integrated HEC-HMS, Geo-HECRAS and flood forecasting capabilities with
(open) climate station and national flow monitoring databases available from Environment Canada and Climate Change (ECCC)).
 
  • Integrated Flood Hazard Identifications and Flood Plain Mapping Platform for Use in Ontario (Canada) Using ISWMS™ (v.2)
(NOTE: Initiated in 2016 and includes international partners in Canada, U.S., Europe, India and Japan. The ISWMS™ (v.2)  platform
was initially developed for pilot basins in Ontario and includes integrated HEC-HMS, Geo-HECRAS and flood forecasting capabilities with
(open) climate station and national flow monitoring databases available from Environment Canada and Climate Change (ECCC)).
 
B.     Current and Proposed Tools / Platforms by Greenland International Consulting Ltd.
 
  • Further Development of ISWMS™(v.2) and Applications within Other Canadian Watersheds (On-going)
(NOTE: Initiated in 2017 and includes international partners in Canada, U.S., Europe, India and Japan. The ISWMS™ (v.2)  platform
was initially developed for pilot basins in Ontario and includes integrated HEC-HMS, Geo-HECRAS and flood forecasting capabilities with
(open) climate station and national flow monitoring databases available from Environment Canada and Climate Change (ECCC)).
 
  • Cumulative Effects Assessment Platform Enhancements and Involving Canada’s Indigenous Peoples (On-going) (NOTE: Use of “THREATS™ (v.2)” with proprietary First Nations and Metis Nations ‘Traditional Ecological Knowledge’ (TEK)).
 
  • Cumulative Effects Assessment Platform Enhancements and Involving Canadian Resource Sector Industries (On-going)
(NOTE: Use of “THREATS™ (v.2)” with proprietary company baseline and performance compliance monitoring database records).
 
  • Further Development of ISWMS™(v.2) and Applications for Watersheds in U.S., Europe, India and Japan (On-going)
 
  • Integrated Internet and Ecosystem Health Monitoring  / Cumulative Effects Assessment Platform (On-going)
(NOTE: Use of THREATS™(v.2) with air quality, terrestrial, fisheries and instream benthic databases with other partners).
 
  • “Big Data” Watershed Nutrient Trading and Offsetting Management Platform (Proposed in 2018/19)
(NOTE: Use of CANWET™(v.4) with other partners).
 
  • Lake Capacity Modelling Tool and Integration with CANWET™ (Proposed in 2019/20)
(NOTE: Output data from CANWET™(v.4) projects have been used with industry approved lake capacity modelling tools).
 
  • Low Impact Development (LID) Performance Tool Integration with ISWMS™ (Proposed in 2019/2020)

(NOTE: CANWET™(v.4) now has LID predictive modelling capabilities). 


Thank-you for your interest in the Integrated Science and Watershed Management System (aka ISWMS™).
 


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Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada

In March of 2013, Greenland International Consulting Ltd. completed a study for Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada to estimate nutrient loading in small catchment of about 177 square kilometers in the La Salle River watershed in southern Manitoba using the CANWET 4 model. Given uncertainties in some input data and model parameters, the preliminary results using the CANWET 4 model for baseline conditions of stream discharge, nutrient concentrations and loads were satisfactory in our project team as simulated values were within the range of observed values during the validation period.

This study suggests the CANWET 4 modeling approach could be used to predict changes to nutrient loads from changing land use scenarios in watersheds of this region.

Jason Vanrobaeys
Senior Land Resource Specialist
Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada

 

Sustainable Buildings Canada

Sustainable Buildings Canada (SBC) has worked closely with Greenland Consulting Engineers (Greenland) as part of the Savings By Design program offered by Enbridge Gas Distribution. The program features an integrated design workshop that exposes builders and developers to the potential environmental and energy performance benefits that can be achieved through a holistic planning process. This includes identifying alternative approaches to site sustainability including low impact development and storm water management.

Inherent in the integrated design process is the need to access experienced and highly qualified individuals and organizations that can identify potential alternative solutions. SBC has a very capable roster of consultants that represent the core expertise required for this kind of expertise. Greenland is one of those organizations, providing critical input related to storm water management, low impact development and site sustainability.

Greenland consulting staff are all extremely knowledgeable and up to date on the various issues related to storm water management and low impact development and have always provided that expertise in a professional manner, recognizing the need to be sensitive to both the needs of the developers and the desire to improve environmental performance. It has been a great pleasure to work with Greenland and we look forward to doing so in the future.

Michael Singleton
Executive Director
Sustainable Buildings Canada

November 1, 2013
 

Town of Collingwood

On behalf of the Town of Collingwood, I would like to thank the Greenland Group of Companies for their design and execution of the Town’s vision for Heritage Park, coordination of all consultants, contract administration and construction inspection.

Greenland always strives for thoroughness, professionalism and addressing their clients needs on each of their projects – this was no exception.

Peter G. Dunbar
Director, Leisure Services
Town of Collingwood

August 30, 2010
 

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